Jesus is often recognized as a historical person, a great teacher, and even a prophet. Jesus, however, was much more than a teacher and prophet. He was God in human form. Jesus is God's Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for our sins and conquered death by rising again to offer us forgiveness of sin and the gift of everlasting life. He ascended to heaven and will return again for all His followers.
God created us with a purpose. The Bible states in Jerehmiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope" (New Living Translation). Because God loves us, he created us to be in relationship with Him.
Romans 3:23 states "For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard."(NLT) Because God is perfect, the Bible says He cannot look upon sin. Our sin separates us from the relationship God intended.
On our own, we are hopeless to repair this broken relationship. The Bible says the punishment for sin is death. The death the Bible is talking about is not just our body dying. It means our spirit, which lives forever, will be in everlasting punishment. Our sin separates us from God both in this life and also after this life.
John 3:16,17 says, that "For God so loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him."
Jesus' death on the cross offers us the forgiveness we need to come into relationship with God. This forgiveness brings a hope of everlasting life to all who call upon Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
Romans 10:9, 10 says, "If you confess with your mouth, that 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved" (NIV).
You can receive Christ as your Savior and Lord right now, this moment! If you are ready to receive the forgiveness of Jesus and surrender yourself to His plan for your life, confess that to Him. Below is a sample prayer. Speak your heart to Him.
Father in Heaven,
Acknowledging that I am a sinner in need of salvation, I come to you today and confess my sins before you. Forgive me for my sin of denying Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I now recognize that your son, Jesus Christ, died and paid the price for my sins. He took my place for the penalties that I rightly deserved. I believe that Jesus is your only begotten Son who came to save sinners. I believe that He died on the cross, rose from the dead and has prepared a place for me in Heaven. I ask you to forgive me, cleanse me from my sins and heal my life. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I ask for the Holy Spirit to come into me and help me live a new life according to your plan. Thank you, Father God for saving me from eternal death and giving me new life through Jesus Christ. I pray this in the name of Jesus.
God has forgiven you if you prayed this prayer and meant it from your heart. Now you can begin the life He has planned for you!
One of a person's greatest needs in life is to be part of a family. This is also true in your new life in Christ. You need to become a part of a church. A church is a spiritual family that will encourage you and help you grow spiritually.
Pray and ask God to guide you to a church that teaches salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ-a church where the Bible is believed, taught, and obeyed.